The Wildcats came out attacking, while the Ducks struggled.
With 5:22 gone in the second half, Blair hit a layup and a foul shot to put Arizona up by six Ä its biggest lead of the game. Then, the Wildcats proceeded to accumulate more "biggest leads of the game," going up by 11 with a quarter of the game left to play.
Then the Big Mac Attack, Oregon-style, kicked in, as the packed crowd got behind their team, just as the Ducks were poised to make a run, closing within seven, 70-63. Then came a silencing Stoudamire three pointer. With the ball in Oregon's court, the crowd tried again, as the Ducks crept back within eight. Stoudamire with another three. In a half-hearted last gasp, Oregon got within 10 on a three of its own, but a third Stoudamire three left the Ducks quiet, as Arizona tied its biggest lead of the game at 13 and was unthreatened the rest of the way.
"Damon came through with a lot of key shots," McLean said. "But I think one of the biggest keys was our defensive and offensive rebounding. When you're keeping them to one shot and we're getting a lot of second shots, that's one of mid
the big keys."
McLean was key in limiting Williams to 4-of-12 shooting.
With a game in Corvallis still remaining, Stoudamire is keeping his mouth shut Ä to the satisfaction of UA coach Lute Olson.
"We certainly didn't sneak in here by the dark of night with Damon's statements," Olson said. "But it's important to believe you can win in this environment."
"No more guarantees," Stoudamire said. "It's too much of a burden. It's rescinded. I won't guarantee, we just have to go out there and get a victory."
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